Video: Moments from Weaving Your Story, An Integrative Retreat Experience directed by Sister Anita Cleary, OP

July 16- 22 a small group of Sisters participated in a contemplative retreat. The retreatants integrated elements of the Universe Story with their Dominican stories and the personal experiences they brought to the retreat.

Sister Anita guided the Sacred Heart Convent retreatants in the basics of creating a simple woven cloth—weaving the threads of life experiences into a tapestry that celebrates and gives thanks for each retreatant’s story. They learned from demonstrations and found a peaceful place to practice the techniques. At the end of the week they were able to connect with themselves on a deeper level. Communal prayer and contemplative time made the experience especially fulfilling and gratifying; they wove themselves into God’s tapestry.

Weaving a Holiday Gift

Weaving a Holiday Gift
November 3-5, 2017
Center for Creative Arts at Jubilee Farm

Looking for a unique homemade gift this Holiday Season?
How about weaving your own shawl or scarf or rug!

Looms will be prepared for you!
Choose your hours to come between the hours listed below, starting at noon on Friday, Nov 3 and ending at 4 p.m. Sunday afternoon, Nov 5.  You will receive instructions on how to create your own gift, working at your own pace during the hours of

                        Friday                        12:00 noon to 9:30 p.m.

                        Saturday                     8:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

                        Sunday                        8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

All projects must be started by noon on Saturday.  Project size and type is dependent upon available looms.   Looms will be assigned in the order that registrations are received.

Limited to 8 participants
Registration & Non Refundable Deposit Required

Cost per person is $125.00. 
Non-refundable deposit of $40 is required, applied towards total.

Registrations accepted through September 24, 2017.

Ages 16 and under require accompanying adult.

Bring a snack to share.  Feel free to leave for meals or bring in your own food.  Refrigerator and microwave available.

Jubilee Farm
(217) 787-6927

Sister Sharon Zayac, OP presents in New Zealand

Sister Sharon Zayac (Dominican Sisters of St. Dominic of Springfield, IL) and Sister Margaret Galiardi (Dominican Sisters of St. Dominic of Amityville, NY) were invited by Dominican Sisters in New Zealand to impart their knowledge through climate change workshops. They are pictured here in San Francisco as they prepare to depart for New Zealand. Sister Sharon will present Seeds of Hope: Renewing Ourselves in a World of Chaos on Friday, March 17 and Saturday, March 18, 2017. Pray for Sister Sharon in New Zealand today as she shares her knowledge about the climate challenge to Dominican Sisters, college professors and people interested in learning how to care of our common home.

Moral Compass: Responding to the Climate Challenge (video)


Take a look at this video of a Brown Bag Seminar called Moral Compass: Responding to the Climate Challenge held at Sacred Heart Convent on Wednesday, February 1, 2017.  Sister Sharon Zayac, OP, Director of Jubilee Farm, lead an audience through Pope Francis’ suggestions in Laudato si’/Care for our Common Home to make a positive impact in response to the climate crisis.

“Being prayerful is seeing the world through a heart much greater than our own.”  ~ Sister Sharon Zayac, OP, Director of Jubilee Farm

“Self-improvement on the part of individuals will not by itself remedy the extremely complex situation facing our world today… these problems must be addressed by community networks and not simply by the sum of individual good deeds…
The ecological conversion needed to bring about lasting change is also a community conversion.” ~ Pope Francis

“While individual actions will not alone dismantle systems of evil (or injustice), those systems will only be dismantled if individuals do act.”  ~ Cynthia D. Moe-Lobeda